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Christine Royse Niles — Changing the world one word at a time

The Global Orphan Crisis


153 MILLION children have lost at least one parent. 

That’s roughly half the population of the United States.

That’s 8.3% of ALL the children in the world.


  • 95 Million children who have no father to play catch with.
    (More than the population of Germany!)
  • 40 Million children with no mother to kiss them goodnight.
    (More than there are people in California!)
  • 18 Million children with no parents at all to love them or protect them.
    (Almost as many people as in the State of New York)


What are we going to do about it? Leave a comment…

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About Christine

I am a writer, a project manager, and a corporate refugee with a heart for orphans around the world. My two daughters were adopted from Ukraine at ages 12 and 14. I post about writing, chasing dreams, and making a difference in the world, and sometimes I share fun snippets of fiction in-progress.

5 Replies

  1. Christine- I appreciate you being a strong voice in such a worthy cause. Keep leading, I want to know more and learn from what God is revealing to you!

    1. Christine

      Thanks, Stephen. The more I learn, the more my heart breaks and the more clear it becomes that God wants me to do something about it. Stay tuned!

  2. Sobering and powerful infographic Christine. Will be following how we can help you with this cause with we’re ALL called to!

    1. Christine

      Thanks, Andrew. I’ll share a few ideas and profile some friends who are really stepping up, and also give all my readers a chance to share what they’re doing…I’m really excited!

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